Moments are always created by music that too if the music is jazz music. Jazz music was basically born in America with an African influence. Anyway, it’s true that although jazz is almost thoroughly rooted by Afro-American blues, but it was only really known as “Jazz” or originally “Jasz” when mono-racial marching bands took the rhythms and “blue notes” from their African roots and mixed them with a drum kit. Jazz was also influenced by ragtime, which is a “American” style of music. Created in end of 19th century jazz music from New Orleans, Louisiana etc became a melting pot of cultures around the turn of the 20th century. A major port city, people from all over the world came together there and as a result, musicians were exposed to a variety of music. European classical music, American blues, and South American songs and rhythms came together to form what became known as jazz. Although Controversial from its inception, often reviled in the mainstream press, but loved by a huge number of people of many different races and backgrounds, Jazz has had the power to ironically entertain, inspire, and offend simultaneously. Interestingly enough, however, this musical genre is generally accepted as being a truly American musical style, and from it, many other musical styles have been born and blended together.
One of the finest points in jazz music is Newyork jazz and it is found in the Newyork clubs, bars and bistros of Harlem, which at that time was almost exclusively populated by African Americans, but visited frequently by white people. Over time, however, the music grew in popularity to the point where its fan base extended beyond African Americans to even more white audiences of Uptown Manhattan, aiding to some extent in the relaxation of racial barriers. New York was the epicenter of a fusion of the three great fads of the time: syncopated orchestras, ragtime and blues. However Newyork jazz became quite a rage as lot of musicians started to create new kind of music in Newyork by giving way to improvisations in jazz music. Ferdinand “Jelly Roll Morton” LaMotte, a flamboyant black (but very light-skinned) Creole pianist who stands out as the first major jazz composer, blended blues and ragtime styles, a fusion that perhaps represented the origins of jazz music better than anything else. Cornet/trumpet player Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong revolutionized both the instrumental and the vocal style of jazz.
Jazz improvisation is an important aspect of jazz. Basically, improvisation is composing on the spot and coming up with melodies off the top of one’s head. Whenever jazz musicians started composing their own material, the role of improvisation changed: it became part of the compositional method and that perhaps, is the key contribution of jazz music to the overall history of music. Till date various jazz concerts are held up every year at Newyork and important things regarding jazz are being kept in museum. New York has become the new focus for jazz and there was an emphasis on big bands and commercial dance music.
London jazz was a great part of London’s long musical culture. London’s cultural life has always been cosmopolitan. The history of jazz is often focused on America and New Orlean but in 1919 the Southern Syncopated Orchestra first took London and then Britain by Storm. London jazz previously known as British jazz is basically derived from American jazz. Basically earlier British jazz was played after restaurant hours when drinks parties are going on. From its inception to 1980s and to current scenario saw a continuing development of distinctive styles. There was a new generation of Black British musicians who helped to re energize the UK jazz scene with Courtney Pine, Gary Crosby, Julian Joseph, Cleveland Watkiss, Steve Williamson, Orphy Robinson, and later Denys Baptiste, Soweto Kinch and Jason Yarde, being noteworthy examples (many of these musicians have recorded albums on Historical labels such as Verve, Blue Note and are musicians who are highly respected on the International scene. Grand opening of jazz fm in 1990 has further strengthened the power of jazz music. In recent years funk and hip hop have become an influence on parts of Britain’s jazz scene and every year London Jazz Festival is being hosted to mark the epic success of London jazz. Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Hugh Masekela and Charles Lloyd are some of the famous jazz personality who performs quite often in London to make the world take notice of London jazz scene. It’s no doubt that Newyork jazz and London jazz has deeply influenced and drastically changed the way of Global jazz music.
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